Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s dedication to promote inclusivity and diversity has been reflected in an increase of 60 places in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index.
WGU is now placed at 180th place from a total of 550 organisations in the index, which is acknowledged as a benchmark for employers to measure their progress towards lesbian, gay, bi and trans+ inclusion in the workplace.
The Stonewall index is used by the charity and the university to assess the progress the University is making towards LGBT+ inclusion. The HR team submit evidence annually to Stonewall and have used the responses to assess where improvements were needed, resulting in the institution rising a total of 235 places in two years.
The university has a dedicated LGBT+ Staff Network and LGBT+ Student Society who work together to inform change, update policies, raise awareness and strive to create a fully inclusive environment for all staff, students and visitors.
Alison Bloomfield, the university’s Organisational Development and Diversity Manager said: “Over the last two years, university staff and students have worked towards making our environment more inclusive, including reviewing and updating our policies and procedures and providing our staff with rainbow lanyards to enable them to show their support to our LGBT+ community.
“The university has a dedicated LGBT+ staff network and student society and staff and students can access dedicated, personal and confidential support. We have forged links with local groups and other organisations across the region and we will continue to work with them to help develop the support we offer further.
“We are delighted to have the work we have undertaken recognised by Stonewall and we intend to build upon the work we have completed going forward, supporting our staff, students and community”.